Seventy Texas FFA members – including two from Austin County – were presented with $1.4 million in scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during the 91st Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth on July 17.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awarded its very first scholarship in 1957 to a member of Texas FFA,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the rodeo. “We are proud to continue this tradition today by supporting the efforts of these talented and dedicated FFA members as they pursue their educational goals.”
Each FFA scholarship recipient will receive a $20,000 scholarship from the rodeo to apply toward a four-year undergraduate degree at a Texas college or university of their choice. Of the 70 FFA scholarship recipients, the top three schools they will attend are Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Tarleton State University, and the top three majors include animal science, agricultural business and agricultural communications.
Seventy-one percent of the recipients are female and 29% are male. The Texas FFA Association was chartered in 1929 and contributes to a model of secondary agricultural education in which students take part in classroom instruction and supervised agricultural experiences.
Scholarship recipients were selected by Texas FFA officials based on the students’ involvement with the program, academic and FFA achievements and financial need. These scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $27 million to scholarships, junior show exhibitors, educational program grants and graduate assistantships.
From Austin County, scholarships were awarded to Mackenzie Burke of Bellville and Kendall Young of Sealy.